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State Week: Mask mandate ending, but the fight continues

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Illinois' indoor mask mandate will end on Monday, February 28, in most locations. But a court battle continues over the governor's authority to issue such orders. The attorney leading the charge against masking has announced he will run for Illinois Attorney General as a Republican. And, the debate over masks results in drama on the Illinois House floor.

We talk about it on State Week. Our panel includes host Sean Crawford, Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel, Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and Gray TV's Illinois Capitol Bureau Chief Mike Miletich.

Hannah covers state government and politics for Capitol News Illinois. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at WILL-AM/FM, Law360, Capitol Fax and The Daily Line before returning to NPR Illinois in 2020 and moving on to CNI in 2023.
The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
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